12:48 PM, Feb 2, 2017
Last year, there was a huge battle between Apple and the FBI in regards to iOS security. Specifically, the FBI asked Apple to compromise iOS security in order to get into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c. The FBI then turned to Cellebrite to get into the phone. Now, Motherboard reports that a hacker has released files allegedly from Cellebrite that demonstrates how such tools can be dangerous.
The hacker claimed to have taken the newly released data from a remote Cellebrite server, and said they had extracted them from UFED images. They told Motherboard that the files were encrypted, likely in an attempt to protect Cellebrite’s intellectual property, but that they managed to bypass the protections.
Motherboard reports that Cellebrite had over 900GB of files stolen from its server last month which suggests that the firm sold cracking tools to Russia, Turkey, the UAE, and many others. Motherboard adds that the hacker responsible released some cached files from Cellebrite relating to cracking older iPhones.
February 2, 2017
The Black Panther Party, the International Liberation School and the National Committees to Combat Fascism were the sponsors of the National Conference for a United Front Against Fascism in 1969. This poster spread the word. – Photo courtesy of Student Digital Gallery
Fascism has been thrust into the mainstream political vocabulary of the United States since the election of President Donald Trump on a platform grounded in xenophobia, corporate dominance and right wing white nationalism. After the election, search engines and online dictionaries reported a dramatic increase in users seeking to define the term.
News outlets from Al Jazeera (“The Foul Stench of Fascism in the Air”) to Forbes (“Yes, a Trump presidency would bring fascism to America”) to the Washington Post (“Donald Trump is actually a fascist”) published articles analyzing how Trump fits into fascist paradigms. Most recently, The Nation (“Anti-Fascists Will Fight Trump’s Fascism in the Streets”) chronicled the long history of anti-fascist organizing in Europe and the United States to inspire activists engaged in resistance at this political moment.
Black history has been marginalized in this burgeoning contemporary discourse about fascism. Analyses of the U.S. as fascist have a long history in the Black intellectual tradition. Black thinkers like Harry Hayward, Claudia Jones, George Jackson and Kuwasi Balagoon used fascism as an analytical framework to understand the rise of segregation in the South after Reconstruction; white populism at the turn of the 19th century; land and labor struggles in the Black Belt South, and the evolution of capitalism in the 1970s.
The Black Panther Party played a prominent role in the modern history of Black anti-fascism. Panther leaders were deeply influenced by “The United Front Against Fascism,” a report by Georgi Dimitroff delivered at the Seventh World Congress of the Communist International in July-August 1935.
By 1969, the Panthers began to use fascism as a theoretical framework to critique the U.S. political economy. They defined fascism as “the power of finance capital” which “manifests itself not only as banks, trusts and monopolies but also as the human property of FINANCE CAPITAL – the avariciou
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From Abbie Hoffman to Malcolm X, Ol' Dirty Bastard to the Insane Clown Posse, FBI files read like a veritable Who's Who of the 20th Century. This project aims to
What's up, FBI? Back in early 2015, when the FBI and (specifically) Director James Comey ramped up their silly "going dark" moral panic about how strong encryption was making us less safe, I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI for all of the FBI's internal talking points about "going dark" or other views on encryption. My main reason for this was really to see if I might uncover some of the reasoning for why the FBI had quietly deleted a page on its website that encouraged people to encrypt their phones. It took until May of last year, but the FBI finally delivered me a stack of talking points, mostly focused on talking point lists and speeches given by Comey. I never wrote about it because the talking points alone weren't even that interesting.
In fact, I'd almost totally forgotten about that entire request. But then, a few weeks ago, right here on this site, Tim Cushing wrote about the latest escapades of Jason Leopold, the reporter whose use of FOIA requests is so prolific that he's been dubbed a "FOIA terrorist" by the DOJ. It turns out that Leopold had made a similar request to the FBI... and was told that while they had found 487 responsive records, they were giving him a grand total of 0 of them, because they were all subject to restrictions on release. In that article, Cushing, rightly explains why this is ridiculous. The whole point of "talking points" is to share them with the public. There is simply no FOIA exemption that allows for blocking them.
But this was even more bizarre to me for the simple fact that the FBI had already sent me many of those documents. I didn't add up all the pages sent to me, but I can tell it's probably closer to about 100 pages than 487, so clearly the FBI is likely lying to me as well in terms of how many "responsive" documents there really were, but I'm confused as to why the FBI couldn't release these kinds of documents to Le
FB PROPAGANDA MACHINE STILL ACTIVE AT PBS
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Jeff Jamar of the FBI, speaking in the documentary, said it seemed negotiations never really existed. "We were just in a situation where all it could do was grow ...
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... people showing signs of 'radicalization,'" comments Michael German, a former FBI agent who now hangs his hat at the Brennan Center for Justice.
For the Southern Poverty Law Center, the move suggests that "President Trump wants the government to stop its efforts to prevent terrorism by far-right extremists." For Jezebel, it's "another victory in a long series of wins for Neo Nazis, the KKK, and other violent and terroristic groups." Salon calls it "pandering to white supremacists." The target of their ire: a plan to rebrand the federal government's Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. According to Reuters, which cites "five people briefed on the matter," the Trump administration wants to rename it "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism," or maybe just "Countering Islamic Extremism," and to focus its attention on Muslim terrorists rather than the various domestic right-wing kinds.
In practice, CVE's efforts are already focused overwhelmingly on Muslims. But the big question here shouldn't be which groups ought to be the program's targets. It's whether the program should exist at all. No matter whether it's aimed at Islamists, white nationalists, or anyone else, the CVE approach has two big problems.
First: It rests on the idea that the best way to root out terrorism is to fight "radicalization." This idea has support among both Democrats and Republicans, but the evidence supporting it is sparse. When investigators at the British think tank
... for 120 days and orders the departments of State and Homeland Security to work with the FBI and CIA on "enhanced vetting" of those seeking refugee status.
A year later, Susan claimed, she again saw Hoover at the Plaza. This time, the director was wearing a red dress. Around his neck was a black feather boa. He was holding a Bible, and he asked one of the blond boys to read a passage as another boy played with him. It was episodes such as these, Summers declared, that the Mafia held over Hoover's head. "Mafia bosses obtained information about Hoover's sex life and used it for decades to keep the FBI at bay," the jacket of the book says. "Without this, the Mafia as we know it might never have gained its hold on America."
It wasn't until after his death that Americans learned J. Edgar Hoover was a secret transvestite, but long before that, it meant bad news for some FBI recruits. The alleged discovery of Hoover's long-lost diary has revealed how he may have misused his power as FBI director to satisfy his own twisted cravings, destroying the lives of many recruits in the law-enforcement agency. The diary purports that from at least the mid-1930s onward, Hoover would require selected agents to take on special undercover assignments, often lasting for years, as women or drag queens in high heels and skirts. Sources speculate that Hoover, unable to dress openly as a woman, forced some of his underlings to take up his freakish habit so he'd feel more normal. He reportedly enjoyed training these agents himself, selecting their outfits, applying makeup and fixing hairdos. Most men hated these assignments and many were threatened with firing or even jail time for their cooperation.
The diary recounts at least one case in the 1950s in which Hoover had the mother of an agent jailed on trumped-up charges to keep him on duty as a red-headed, high-heeled gun moll. Perhaps the weirdest case is that of 24-year-old Bert Horgson, a six-foot Swede who left his family and girlfriend in Minnesota in 1935 to fight Nazi spies with the FBI. Once Hoover caught sight of him, however, the slim, blue-eyed Horgson was instead given a different assignment -- and spent the remainder of his career in dresses and high-heeled pumps as Hoover's "special agent."
Horgson found himself forced to remain "Bettina Horgson" until his death 29 years later. Horgson died in 2001 at the age of 89 in a government nursing home in Washington, D.C. One government source says, "this is one of the strangest, and most flagrant abuses of power I've ever heard of." J. Edgar Hoover was more familiar to Americans than most presidents.
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FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording ...
FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for more than 15 minutes, debating with a pair of other FBI agents about whether or not they had the right to tell him to stop recording, including one agent who made it clear he was not threatened by the cameras.
But Byers stormed up and swiped his camera anyway, a hulking man claiming to be terrified of cameras.
Keith Byers during a previous interview with mainstream media, apparently not fearing the cameras could be used as weapons.
Byers then had the two other agents grab Worden’s wrists to snatch his iPhone, which was live streaming, claiming that it could also be used as a weapon.
April 18, 2017
Kansas Cop Kills Army Veteran’s Service Dog, then Issues him Two Citations
In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google
April 21 2017, 7:01 a.m.
Public Advocate Objected to FBI’s Unrestricted Access to NSA Data
In 2015, in her first appearance as a “friend of the court” representing the American public, Amy Jeffress, a former federal prosecutor, argued before the very secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, that the FBI was violating the Fourth Amendment by giving agents “virtually unrestricted” access to data from one of the NSA’s largest surveillance programs that included untold amounts of communications involving innocent Americans, reports Alex Emmons of the the website, Intercept.
One big problem is that while the program is supposed to target foreigners, it ends up capturing a large number of communications from Americans.
New video shows FBI agent firing at Grand Rapids police
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Pilot exec accuses agents of intimidation; details of 2013 raid emerge
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FBI is coming to Goodwood
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Reputed Texas mafia founder sues Colorado Supermax warden
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Heriberto “Herb” Huert seeks $4.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages
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The reputed founder and president of the Texas Mexican Mafia has sued the warden of Supermax in Florence and the U.S. prison system claiming he has been held for 22 years in solitary confinement on false pretenses.
Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about Texas terror attack
A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it -- and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he learned from a recent
Jail for tearful ex-FBI agent who shot at GRPD
Prosecutor re-evaluating case against ex-agent's drunk partner
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FBI agent's gun, badge and other gear stolen from trunk
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Larry Hogan Sr., father to governor, gravely ill
Hogan Sr., is a lawyer, author and former FBI agent who spent part of his career working as a teacher and consultant. He is married and the fa
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“Radioactive Boy Scout” regularly visited by FBI for a decade, father says
New documents show David Charles Hahn was reported to authorities in 2007, 2010.
APR 23, 2017 1:00
Man who tried to build a homemade nuclear reactor didn’t die of radiation poisoning
David Charles Hahn, who was nicknamed the “Radioactive Boy Scout,” received regular visits from the FBI for nearly a decade from 2005 through 2015, Ars has learned.
Hahn, who was profiled by Harper’s Magazine in 1998 for his attempts to build a homemade breeder nuclear reactor in his mother’s backyard shed, passed away late last year in Michigan at the age of 39. Last month, Ars reported that Hahn did not die as a result of radiation poisoning.
Upon his death, we filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests with various federal agencies, including the FBI. Amongst the documents we received were three FBI reports dating between 2007 and 2010. They detail three separate instances when people reported to law enforcement that they believed that Hahn may be trying to restart his nuclear activities. When local and federal authorities investigated, they found no such evidence.
With these reports, Ars contacted Kenneth Hahn, David’s father. He said he had never seen these documents before.
However, the elder Hahn told Ars that, upon his son’s return from military service in 2005, David would receive regular, unannounced visits from the FBI at least annually. The FBI would interview David and search for any evidence of nuclear material.
“Each time they were really hoping to find something,” Kenneth Hahn told Ars, adding that the searches took two to three hours.
When the FBI would turn up, Kenneth would drive over to his son’s house, just a half-mile away, and sit in his own car and watch. Kenneth said that the FBI team was always professional, but he felt frustrated by the frequency with which these searches happened. He was also frustrated that the federal agents frequently brought numerous law enforcement cars and search dogs with them.
“That would drive you nuts, wouldn’t it?” he said.
Kenneth Hahn said that the teams were always lead by Mark Davidson, a special agent with the FBI based in Detroit. Ars reached Davidson, who declined to comment, and referred us to the FBI’s press office in Washington, DC.
“The FOIA documents speak for themselves and we do not have an additional comment to provide,” a spokesman e-mailed.
“Does not possess any nuclear materials”
This fall, the “Radioactive Boy Scout” died at age 39
The earliest of the documents date back to April 23, 2007. That’s when someone (the name is redacted) reported to the FBI in Toledo, Ohio, that Hahn was mentally unstable and was again
FBI director arrives in Queenstown
Sunday, 23 April 2017
FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown for a 'top-secret' spy conference.
Comey, wearing sunglasses, a light blue shirt and chino pants, arrived on an FBI chartered Gulfstream Aerospace.
Comey was last in New Zealand in March 2016, when he met with Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service Chris Finlayson and Police Commissioner Mike Bush.
Before Comey's arrival, a CIA jet touched down on the tarmac at Queenstown Airport.
And, just like a scene out of an action flick, two security personnel stood guard as a number of men and women in suits exited the plane before being quickly ushered along the tarmac into waiting vehicles.
Passengers disembark from the jet owned by the CIA. Photo / Brett Phibbs
A quick Google search of the registration number on the white, Gulfstream Aerospace's tail revealed United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) owns the jet.
The Gulfstream has joined a second private jet at the airport, acting as added confirmation that the "Government conference" set to play out at luxury Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown in the coming week, is a meeting of spying network Five Eyes - the global alliance of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and
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2 cops, detective and NYPD crossing guard arrested over weekend
BY LAURA DIMON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:01 PM
N.J. cop allegedly had sex with 2 teens, gave them booze, pills
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:51 PM
A cop in Rockaway Township, N.J., allegedly had sexual relations with two teenagers that he also provided alcohol and pills for.
A twisted New Jersey cop plied two teen girls with booze and pills and repeatedly had sex with them, prosecutors said Sunday.
Wilfredo Guzman, a cop in Rockaway Township, a hamlet about an hour west of Manhattan, was slapped with the charges by the Morris County Prosecutor’s office.
Guzman, 40 — who was once honored for his role in saving a youth hit by a car — allegedly coerced the 15-year-old and 16-year-old girls into drugs
“… War is over. The bankers wish this were not so but the fact is that the cost ratio is now fatal — asymmetric warfare can spend $1 to knock down $500 to $1000 worth of conventional weaponry (and even less if they go after rear-area weak links such as our shit C4I systems) and they can do this forever. War is over. Donald Trump appears to have been blackmailed or bribed or both and is now in the service of the Deep State BUT (big BUT) it is possible he is a genius and wearing a Noh mask while he and Putin back-channel the Deep State to death. I pray this is so but I am founding a We the People movement with Cynthia McKinney to bring Alt-Right, people of color, Latinos, Sandernistas, Tea Party Patriots, and the small parties as well as Indendents together on the ONE THING that can bury the Deep State: the Electoral Reform Act of 2017.”
The Oklahoma City Bombing After 22 Years
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Paul Craig Roberts
Today, April 19, 2017, is the 22nd anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. The bombing of the federal Murrah office building was blamed by federal authorities on a bomb made from fertilizer inside a truck parked in front of the building by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
There are many anomalies associated with the official explanation, including mysterious deaths of some, including a police officer, who understood that the actual facts did not accord with the explanation. Investigators who report the actual facts are branded “conspiracy theorists” and dismissed. This has been the Deep State’s way of controlling explanations since the 1940s.
Americans, being the insouciant people that they are, never noticed that the Murrah building blew up from the inside out, not from the outside in.
However, Air Force General Benton K. Partin, the US Air Force’s top explosive expert, did notice. He prepared a detailed report containing
“conclusive proof that the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was not caused solely by the truck bomb. Evidence shows that the massive destruction was primarily the result of four demolition charges placed at critical structural points at the third floor level.” Here is a copy of General Partin’s letter accompanying the report he sent to US Senator Trent Lott. http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/OK/PARTIN/ok8.htm
General Partin was my neighbor in Alexandria, Virginia. I went through his report those years ago, and it is clear that the official “investigation” ignored all the facts presented by General Partin. Indeed, Partin’s report is not even part of the record. Wikipedia does not even mention the report as a “conspiracy theory” in Wikipedia’s recitation of the official line.
There was no more an investigation of the Oklahoma City Bombing than there was of 9/11.
It has never been clear to me why a number of people knew better than to come to work that day in the Murrah building or why what was likely deep state perpetrators desired to kill several hundred people, including children.
Perhaps it was targeted at the militias and the creation of police powers that could be used against them. Two years previously the Clinton regime murdered approximately 100 men, women, and children at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. The religious sect was threatening no one and in violation of no laws, but it was a dissident group that the US government decided to terminate.
The focus on dissidents changed with 9/11, which Israel and Israel’s American neoconservative allies used to apply wide-ranging and long-lasting massive violence to seven Muslim countries, costing US taxpayers trillions of dollars and what remained of the reputation of the United States.
The main consequence of “terrorism” is the extraordinary growth of unconstitutional police state powers throughout the Western world. Every protective shield of individual rights, except for the Second Amendment, has been stripped from the US Constitution by the so-called “war on terror.”
All of the alleged terrorist attacks have puzzling, uninvestigated, and unreported anomalities. It is astonishing that the media never asks any questions. Consider, for example, the Nice, France, Truck attack.
Nice police authorities have the unambigious evidence of the security cameras on every block of the truck’s alleged murderous route. There should be no question whatsoever about what really happened. Yet, the Minister of the Interior in Paris ordered the Nice public authorities to destroy the video evidence and not to release it. So all we have is a very grainy inconclusive video taken by a person allegedly married to a former Mossad intelligence officer. This person turns out to be the same person who provides the only video of an attack in Germany.
The bridge attack in London is overwhelming with the lack of any evidence. We simply get an official story.
Sandy Hook is famous for the one bereaved parent, but there were allegedly scores of dead children. Where are the other parents? Aren’t they bereaved?
If these terror events are real, it is a simple matter for the media to ask questions, to investigate, and to give the public the facts. But the media never does. The media only repeats the official story without checking it.
In other words, the facts are whatever the government says they are. So what is the purpose of the media?
No purpose except to be a trumpet for the government.
The official stories of the Murrah office building bombing and 9/11 are now enshrined in memorials, the purpose of which is to make a lie the truth.
For insouciant Americans this works.
UN doesn’t send experts to Idlib ‘chemical incident’ site as West & US are blocking it – Assad
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Kimberly Dvorak: The Death of Michael Hastings….
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Thursday, May 18, 2017PROOF: ROBERT MUELLER CANNOT BE IMPARTIAL IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
MUELLER'S DEEP STATE RELATIONSHIPS WILL POLITICIZE THE FBI YET AGAINCONTRIBUTING WRITERS | OPINION | AMERICANS FOR INNOVATION | MAY 18, 2016, UPDATED MAY 22, 2017 | PDF FIG. 1 – ROBERT S. MUELLER. FBI director for 12 years from 2001 to 2013 under George Bush (Republican) and Barack Obama (Democrat). His 2011 financial disclosure revealed investments in two hedge funds with assets held in 55 other hedge funds valued at $106.2 billion. One third of those funds are headquartered in the Cayman Islands. Mueller did not disclose the components of those exclusive, invitation-only funds as financial disclosure ethics law requires. A director of one of his funds, Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC, is Harvard Professor Benjamin M. Friedman. Friedman was chair of Lawrence "Larry" H. Summers' dissertation committee. This relationship to Summers is a massive conflict of interest since banks in which Mueller is invested were beneficiaries of the 2008 TARP bank bailout that Summers directed. None of those bankers has ever been prosecuted for the toxic mortgage criminality.Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters (2011 Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing) / AFI Graphic.Bookmark: #rosenstein-conflictNEWS UPDATE! MAY 22, 2017ROSENSTEIN SCANDAL: HIS WIFE, LISA H. BARSOOMIAN, REPRESENTED BILL CLINTON IN 1998—COURT RECORDS MISSING—ETHICS RULES REQUIRED HIS RECUSALRod J. Rosenstein's has no business being involved at all in the Hillary Clinton/DNC-triggered Russia investigation, much less the selection of his mentor Robert S. Mueller, III as special counsel. This is because Rosenstein's wife, Lisa H.Barsoomian (no photo available), represented Bill Clinton in 1998 with her boss, R. Craig Lawrence (6,459 cases, 321 pgs. 10 MB) . Lawrence has represented Mueller (3 times), Comey (5 times), Obama (45 times), Kathleen Sebellius (56 times), Bill (40 times) and Hillary (17 times) between 1991-2017. Barsoomian's loyalties are clearly tainted. Such "pillow talk" biases (it is obviously more than that) are imputed to Rosenstein under the "appearance of impropriety" lawyer rules. They clearly owe their U.S. Attorney careers to Comey, Mueller and the Clintons.JUDICIAL CORRUPTION ALERT! All Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg v. Clinton 98-cv-01459-TPJ (DC District Court) and its appeal Hamburg, Al v. Clinton, William J., Case No. 99-5053 (DC Circuit Court) have been removed from the D.C. District and Appeals Court dockets. Bookmark: #russia-false-flagNEWS UPDATE! MAY 20, 2017FALSE FLAG ALERT! ROSENSTEIN & DEEP STATE SENT MUELLER BACK TO DESTROY EVIDENCE OF THE 9/11 INSIDE JOB? Rod J. Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, chose his mentor and fellow former U.S. Attorney Robert S. Mueller to lead the Russian investigation based on breathless MSM vaguaries. Rosenstein is yet another Harvard Law insider—the most popular law school for the sedition of the Deep State.Robert S. Mueller, III became FBI Director on Sep. 04, 2001. Tellingly, he stepped out of the spotlight twelve years later, just months after NSA director James Clapper lied to Congress about NSA surveillance on Mar. 12, 2013, and Edward Snowden's disclosure of that PRISM program on Jun. 06, 2013. Snowden also revealed the profound collusion among Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, AT&T, Verizon, Skype, Apple, AOL, Instagram, WhatsApp, Flickr, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, Reddit and hundreds of others with this rogue C.I.A. / NSA group. These men, women and companies have a lot to hide. So far, they have all, including Mueller, Comey and Rosenstein, escaped accountability.
Mueller knew that Clapper lied to Congress, and yet he did not investigate him. He failed the American people. This material omission alone disqualifies him and proves his evident culpability. His silence is criminal. No one could be FBI director and not have condoned the illegal surveillance activity. His predecessor J. Edgar Hoover used salacious illegal surveillance to blackmail his opponents. Likewise, Mueller has been doing the same thing for the Deep State, according to many whistleblowers. Mueller is not credible, despite ignorant, complicit or blackmailed politicians who say his "reputation for integrity and honesty is above reproach." Mueller also did not investigate Silicon Valley and Wall Street's collusion with Clapper either. And yet, Mueller made sure his net worth increased dramatically from $1.8 million (2001) to up to $7.0 million (2011) in ten years while pulling down his FBI salary. See previous post.
MUELLER, ROSENSTEIN, COMEY AND DEEP STATE NEED TO DESTROY 9/11 EVIDENCE
Numerous whistleblowers, like former FBI superstar Agent In Charge Ted L. Gunderson, say that 9/11 was an "inside job." They say 9/11 was fabricated to scare Americans into The Patriot Act—as the pretext for dubious new laws and executive orders allowing the state to seize property and privacy. In other words, their plan was to undermine The Bill of Rights. Gunderson called them a "rogue outfit" and "a covert military criminal government enterprise."
The return of Mueller begs the question: "What's their real goal?" Knowledgeable insiders all say there is no evidence to support the allegations—including civil libertarian Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz—and yet, the MSM pumps out breathless calls for impeachment hourly!
LISA BARSOOMIAN: FOIA OBSTRUCTER IN CHIEFRosenstein is married to Lisa Barsoomian. Barsoomian represented the FBI against Judicial Watch and many other FOIA requesters to block disclosure requests.
See Judicial Watch v. FBI, 01-cv-00248-RMU among her 165 cases as U.S. Attorney (with Mueller, Comey & Rosenstein).
She even represented the C.I.A. in opposing FOIA requesters.So, what are Mueller and the Deep State up to? What activity are they hiding behind this smokescreen? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could have picked anybody, and yet he picked his old colleague—the man with 9/11 blood on his hands. In fact, since Mueller, Rosenstein and Comey were all close U.S. Attorney colleagues inside the intelligence apparatus, the 9/11 Deep State inside job and cover-up could bring them all down. Now, that is understandable motive to appoint Mueller.
Readers are encouraged to study the 2001 TIMELINE closely. (Please be patient to let the timeline load, it will then take you automatically to the 2001 bookmark.) The collusion within the intelligence community is obvious when seen in context. Mueller was appointed director of the FBI just seven days before 9/11, which C.I.A. whistleblower Susan Lindauer said was a widely known plan inside the agency from at least Apr. 2001—at least six months earlier.
Mueller knew about 9/11. He and his FBI / C.I.A. colleagues allowed it to happen. They even aided the "terrorists" with training, manpower, materiel and intelligence. It is now public that Mohammed Atta was a C.I.A. asset (ref. Abel Danger—the Wikipedia write up is an evident cover-up given all the whistleblower testimony). Lindauer and other whistleblowers say the FBI also provided the explosives for the first World Trade Center bombing. Mueller failed to prosecute a single complicit insider. In fact, Gunderson said the FBI and C.I.A. have been behind every major false flag act of terror since Clinton when globalist new world order operatives inside the US government began to consolidate power via technology and the Internet (ref. Jun. 07, 1993 FBI encryption backdoor key conference). To cover up for the Deep State, Mueller helped persecute whistleblowers.
Mueller's appointment is an insult to common sense and decency. It is also a flagrant breach of ethics laws. He deserves jail, or worse, in our opinion, not a microphone. No doubt the FBI shredders are busy this weekend. Spread the word.
ORIGINAL POST(MAY 18, 2016)—It is a huge surprise that former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III has been chosen to lead the FBI Russia investigation, because there seem to be direct ties between him and the Deep State.MUELLER IS INVESTED IN 20 CLINTON / OBAMA CORPORATE FUNDERSThis is a remarkable decision since Mueller holds financial investments in twelve (12) investors/donors to Bill & Hillary Clinton and eight (8) members of Barack Obama’s technology inner circle who supported Hillary for President. See Obama’s Technology CEO Council and Obama’s Silicon Valley Dinner (After you click on the link, please be patient for timeline to download and go to the bookmarks).Mueller investments in Clinton / Obama political collaborators: AT&T, Autodesk, Bank of America, Cisco, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, State Street, Vanguard, Wells Fargo.MUELLER INVESTED IN UNTRACEABLE FUNDS IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDSOne can hardly imagine a more biased individual to run the Russia investigation. In addition, Mueller has two financial holdings of specialized hedge funds (Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fd LLC and Defenders Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund LLC where they manage $106.2 billion with secretive reporting rules) with 36% headquartered in the Cayman Islands where HSBC, whose directors included former FBI Director Comey, managed money laundering operations. Mueller's Harvard political economy professor Benjamin M. Friedman was a director in the dubious Mellon fund.For a full analysis of Mueller’s financial relationships, see our previous post: Betrayal: Former FBI director [Robert S. Mueller] colluded with Cartel offshore money laundering havens (AFI, Mar. 25, 2016).Acting FBI Director Rod Rosenstein, yet another Harvard Law insider, appears to have either: (a) thrown his new boss, Donald Trump, under the bus in one of Rosenstein's first official acts, or (b) expects Mueller to hang himself in this very public arena.Rosenstein’s appointment raises the question as to whether Deep State operatives like him and former Goldman Sachs executives, like Steve Mnuchin, can change their allegiances once they have been so tightly enmeshed in the Deep State’s secret society of drugs, sex, pedophilia and blackmail. See FBI Agent In Charge Ted L. Gunderson statement.MUELLER AND ROSENSTEIN HAVE BEEN DEEP STATE LAW COLLEAGUES FOR DECADESRosenstein has worked closely with Mueller at the Justice Department since 1990. Both Rosenstein and Mueller worked with then Assistant Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. during the Bush presidency.MUELLER FAILED TO PROSECUTE OBVIOUS CRIMINALITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEEP STATE TAKEOVERDuring their Justice Department employment, numerous major scandals were not prosecuted like the 9/11 cover-up, NSA warrantless surveillance of Americans, encryption backdoor for the C.I.A. and FBI in 1993, the seditious 2008 bank "bailout" raid of the Federal Reserve and TARP, theft of social networking invention by the Deep State, energy stimulus, Obamacare robbing of Fannie and Freddie, The Clinton Foundation pay-to-play, Clinton Haiti fraud, global pedophilia rings, IRS political targeting of the Tea Party, BLM land redistribution, America Invents Act, Fast and Furious, Hillary email scandal, etc.Given Rosenstein’s decades of ties to the Deep State, one wonders why President Donald Trump appointed him. The Deep State is now engaged in brazen acts of treason apparently to bring down Donald Trump’s duly-elected administration. For example, GQ news commenter Keith Olbermann just called for foreign intelligence agencies to help the Deep State bring down Mr. Trump’s administration—the definition of sedition.HOW CAN MUELLER BE IMPARTIAL?ONE WOULD EXPECT MUELLER WILL POLITICIZE THE FBI INVESTIGATION, YET AGAIN.In conclusion, the facts are unavoidable. Robert S. Mueller has substantial conflicts of interest and should recuse himself as Special Counsel, before the public demands he be fired.The temptation for Mueller to politicize this investigation to benefit his Deep State handlers seems just too high.Why is the President of the United States being investigated when the Clintons, Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner are still at large and most certainly should have had a special prosecutor investigating them? And, what about all those calls for special counsel to look into Justice Scalia’s wiretapping and suspicious death.The irony is, the Clinton matters were then FBI Director Mueller’s decisions to make, and he refused. What does that tell you?* * *
This FBI Whistleblower and Former Undercover Agent Talks the Comey Firing, the Russia Investigation, and What We Can Expect From a Trump FBI By Matthew Harwood, Senior Writer/Editor, ACLUMAY 22, 2017 | 10:15 AM
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Ex-FBI internal affairs chief pleads guiltyWASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith."The problem these people have is they don't really feel like it is their fault," Goldsmith said. "The treatment doesn't work unless you admit you are the one who instigated it, and he did that."Conditt headed the internal affairs unit that investigates agent wrongdoing for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until his retirement in June 2001, the FBI said. He wrote articles in law enforcement journals on how police agencies could effectively investigate their own conduct.FBI officials said Tuesday they had no information to suggest that Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation.Goldsmith said he was concerned about the safety of his client in prison given that he is a former FBI agent and an admitted child molester. "He's not going to be comfortable in the penitentiary," the lawyer said.Goldsmith said his client had admitted that he had molested at least two other girls before he became an FBI agent more than 30 years ago, but that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing while he served in the bureau."It seems that he never did because he had stricter control at that time," the lawyer said.Conditt could have faced life in prison, and prosecutors requested he get 50 years. The judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison, in part citing Conditt's decision to spare the victim the trauma of a trial, Goldsmith said.Conditt's conviction is the latest controversy to strike the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.Last year, FBI Director Robert Mueller transferred the head of the office to another supervisory assignment outside Washington, three months after rebuking him for his conduct toward a whistleblower.That whistleblower, John Roberts, alleged the FBI disciplinary office had a double standard that let supervisors off easier than line agents.Those allegations prompted investigations by Congress and the Justice Department inspector general. The latter concluded there wa
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Study says Justice Department-led police reform efforts may reduce civil rights lawsuits
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A study from a Texas university says the federal intervention with local police departments favored by President Barack Obama's Justice Department -- and the ones likely to be phased out with the election of Donald Trump -- may lead to a reduction in civil rights lawsuits against a city.The study released Monday looked at the number of civil cases filed in 23 jurisdictions between 1990 and 2013. All of the jurisdictions had law enforcement agencies enter into consent decrees with the Justice Department.It says such court-mandated reforms "may contribute to a modest reduction in the probability of (civil rights) filings occurring." It says intervention could lead to as much as a 43 percent reduction in civil-rights lawsuits after the Justice Department intervenes.
Robert Mueller Is Like ‘Batman’ Capable of Saving America, Former Colleague Says
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has an unblemished reputation as an investigator with integrity and will conduct a thorough investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russia without regard for politics, his former second-in-charge said Sunday.“A line in New York would be Batman’s back to save Gotham, but I think in this case, Batman is back to save America,” Timothy Murphy told John Catsimatidis during an interview on “The Cats Roundtable.”
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Above Photo: Jake Waage; Edited: LW / TORobert Mueller is getting rave reviews from bi-partisans in Washington, DC. As the longest serving FBI agent ever, other than the J. Edgar Hoover he is well connected to the DC political establishment. He is closely connected to both parties serving under George W. Bush and Barak Obama. He worked under James Comey when Comey was a deputy attorney general in DOJ and reportedly the two our friends.The reality is that Mueller has a very different history when viewed from the perspective of people’s movement. He was FBI director when the anti-war movement was most active before the Iraq War and was infiltrated and spied on by the FBI. He was also director during the Occupy Movement when occupy was infiltrated by the FBI and worked with Homeland Security and police agencies across the country to close occupy encampments.Long-time activist Richard J. Ochs wrote on the Washington Post website:Some history on Robert Mueller: The lead investigator into the BCCI banking scandal was Robert Mueller, who steered the investigation clear of any money laundering investigation into any of BCCI’s clients, despite ample evidence that would have incriminated a large number of international players, including the Bush family. Mueller was also the lead prosecutor in the Noriega case, and fixed it so that Noriega wasn’t allowed to mention the CIA at his trial, or show any evidence that he worked for the CIA.
Delta Oil, the Saudi oil company, is partly owned by Khalid Bin Mahfouz, business partner of the Bin Ladin family and the Bush family. Mahfouz was involved in the BCCI banking scandal, as reported in the Kerry Commission report on BCCI.
Mueller became head of the FBI three months before the 2001 anthrax letters terrorized the country into the Iraq War and Patriot Act. The anthrax was traced to a U.S. army lab and the Carlisle Group, owned by Bush family and bin Laden family. The lead FBI investigator resigned in protest of a flawed investigation (more)during Robert Mueller’s tenure.After 9/11 there were roundup detentions of Muslim and Arab men, reportedly 1,200 people.Mueller is a defendant in an ongoing case filed by those who were detained. More on Mueller in this discussion between me, David Lindorff of This Can’t Be Happening and Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition and host of Loud and Clear. We will have to wait and see how the Trump campaign investigation proceeds, but coming from the establishment in Washington, DC should be something that makes President Trump very nervous. Is Mueller the final blow for a deep state coup? KZ Special Counsel Investigating Trump Deeply Tied To The Deep StateFormer FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine
Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State
The Great 9/11 Coverup
Sep 11, 2016 9:50 AM
Authored by Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Off-Guardian.org,Did you happen to notice that after more than a decade of the ‘news’ media’s demanding publication of “the missing 28 pages” (which turned out actually to have been 29 pages) from the U.S. Congress’s investigation into 9/11, the document’s press-coverage, finally, on 15 July 2016, turned out to have been little-to-none? And did you notice that the little there was, said it contained nothing important? Perhaps you didn’t get to know even this much about the press-coverage of it, because the U.S. Congress, which had been hiding the document ever since 2003, dumped it on a Friday night, in order for it to receive as little press-coverage as possible.Well, what that document actually showed, and proved (and cited FBI investigators who could then have testified in public, if requested), was the opposite of unimportant: that the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud (who was known in Washington as “Bandar Bush,” because of his closeness to the Bush family), had secretly been paying the Saudi handlers of at least two of the 15 Saudis among the 19 9/11 hijackers, and that Bandar’s wife and other relatives were also paying those hijackers-to-be, and their families — thus enabling the future hijackers to obtain the necessary pilot-training etc., for the 9/11 attacks.How much news-coverage of this was there in the U.S.’democracy’ that is supposed to be informing the public about such things, instead of continuing the cover-ups of them?RELATED VIDEO"We're at war": Notes from 9/11
FullscreenWhy do U.S. ‘news’ media hide it — after having demanded for more than ten years that the ‘missing 28 pages’ become published?
But that’s not all there is to the cover-up: As I mentioned and documented in my July 20th news-report on “9/11: Bush’s Guilt and the ’28 Pages’,” U.S. President George W. Bush was also involved in the 9/11 operation: He had instructed his National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to block his obtaining from U.S. government sources any specific information about what the attacks would entail, or about the date on which they would occur. (Presumably, he already knew, via his private communications with Prince Bandar or someone else who was in on the event’s planning, all that he had wanted to know about the coming event.)When CIA Director George Tenet, on 10 July 2001, was practically screaming to Rice to allow him into the Oval Office, to meet privately with the President to inform him of how urgent the situation had become to take action on it, she said: “We’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.” Tenet was shocked, and dismayed. That encounter with Rice was intended to urge the President to establish a hit-team to take out bin Laden, so as to avert the operation — whatever it was, or would turn out to be. The way that Chris Whipple put this, in his terrific report in Politico magazine, on 12 November 2015, titled “The Attacks Will Be Spectacular”, was that, “they did not want a paper trail to show that they’d been warned.”Apparently, “Bandar Bush” knew the details, but his friend George W. Bush did not — Bush needed “deniability” — it’s not for nothing that he was able to say, after the event, as Condoleezza Rice was to put it when speaking to reporters on 16 May 2002, “This government did everything that it could in a period in which the information was very generalized, in which there was nothing specific to react to … Had this president known of something more specific, or known that a plane was going to be used as a missile, he would have acted on it.”How does she now square that statement with her having told Tenet, on 10 July 2001, “We’re not quite ready to consider this. We don’t want the clock to start ticking.”? What ‘clock’? Why not? No one asks her — especially not under oath.Is that the way things happen in a democracy, even 15 years after the event?On 10 September 2012, Kurt Eichenwald, who had reported for The New York Times, was then issuing his new book on the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, and he headlined an op-ed then in his former newspaper (which thus could hardly have declined to accept it), “The Deafness Before the Storm”, describing the most puzzling aspect of the lead-up to 9/11:It was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.Those “briefs” still are not published. And now, after the revelation, by Chris Whipple, that Condoleezza Rice was under instruction from her boss not to allow him to be informed too early for “the clock to start ticking,” we can understand why there is still so much that hasn’t yet been released to the public, in our ‘democracy’, about who was really behind 9/11.On 17 April 2016, Paul Sperry in the New York Post headlined “How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11”, and he reported that his own investigation showed: “Actually, the kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the US Capitol basement. Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.” But isn’t it time, now, to demand that Bush’s role also be explored — not only that the Saud family’s (especially Bandar’s) role in it be prosecuted? After all, Bush was the one who took a Presidential oath.Or: Is the U.S. not enough of a democracy, for that to happen — for the Constitution to be enforced, by the U.S. President after Bush (the President who will not prosecute his intended successor)? How total must the non-accountability at the top be, before we call the country a “dictatorship” — only a fake ‘democracy’?Regarding the actions that brought down the three World Trade Center Buildings, WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7, there also is good reason to distrust the official ‘history’. Witness accounts both by firefighters and by the general public were videoed at the time saying that they heard multiple explosions, which indicated controlled demolitions after the two plane-crashes into WTC1 and WTC2. Other witnesses of the WTC7 collapse also heard explosions. Regarding WTC7, there was testimony from the owner of the WTC, Larry Silverstein, saying that he instructed the Fire Department not to go into WTC7 but simply to “pull it.” (And his subsequent statement saying he didn’t really mean that and he meant only to “pull” the firefighters from that building, which actually had none, was debunked.)Even the government’s “Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7” acknowledged (p. 48) that there had been “(2) a freefall descent over approximately eight stories of gravitational acceleration for approximately 2.25 s[econds]” meaning that that 8-story segment had been blasted so that, throughout those 8 stories, there was zero resistance to the collapsed portion falling through it from above.This alone constitutes solid and conclusive physical proof of the official lie, though itself published in the official source. And yet on the very next page in that official document is stated, “Blast events did not play a role in the collapse of WTC 7. … There were no witness reports of such a loud noise.”But there were such witness reports; and, anyway, the very admission (on the prior page) that there was free-fall over an 8-story segment of the building, constitutes acknowledgement of physical proof that there had been controlled demolition on WTC7. Further, there has even been expert testimony that nano-thermite was used to bring down each of these buildings. But clearly, whatever the truth of the matter is, the U.S. Government has been lying, and continues to lie, about 9/11. For at least the past 16 years, we’ve been living in a dictatorship. And the evidence suggests that this has been the case ever since at least 1981.* * *Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
Ex-Fed: I Quit Robert Mueller’s FBI, But He's the Right PickMichael GermanMay 18, 2017
IDEASGerman, a fellow in the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, served for 16 years as a special agent with the FBI, specializing in domestic terrorism and covert operations
I am not a fan of Mueller.He was the third director I worked under as an FBI agent. I joined the Bureau in 1988, when William Sessions served as director; worked through Louis Freeh’s term; and finally resigned in 2004, just about three years into Mueller’s tenure. I only had one direct interaction with him as an agent. In 2002, I alerted him to a whistleblower complaint I made about a mishandled counterterrorism case. Though he had called for whistleblowers to report any problems in terrorism investigations just a few months earlier, he never responded to my email, and the retaliation against me only intensified. Two years later, I reported the matter to / and resigned, starting a new career as a civil-rights advocate lobbying against many of the policies andIt might therefore come as a surprise that I think to oversee the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. /react-text
react-text: 1398 Mueller is a good selection both because of what he is, and what he isn’t. First, his experience as a federal prosecutor is unsurpassed, including stints leading the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the United States Attorney’s office in San Francisco. In just one of his notable cases, Mueller led the prosecution of Libyan intelligence agents responsible for the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Then he spent twelve years directing the FBI. He clearly knows how to run large, multi-faceted investiga
The Feds Are Not Our Friends: The Troubled History of Our ‘Nonpartisan’ FBI ANN SCHNEIDER May 22 2017
Much adu has been made on both sides of the political aisle over the nonpartisan role the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is meant to play within America’s judicial system.When James Comey sent a letter to members of Congress 11 days before November’s presidential election informing them he had reopened the probe into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, overjoyed Republican lawmakers praised the maneuver as an act of transparency while Democrats chided Comey for influencing the vote. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he had “lost confidence” in the FBI Director.When President Trump fired Comey this May amid the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion with his campaign, Schumer criticized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who up until now has had a reputation as a nonpartisan) for drafting a memo at the White House’s behest that gave Trump cover for axing Comey.“If Mr. Rosenstein is true to his word,” Schumer told reporters on May 10, “that he believes this investigation must be, quote, ‘fair, free, thorough and politically independent,’ if he believes as I do that the American people must be able to have faith in the impartiality of this investigation, he must appoint a special prosecutor and get his investigation out of the hands of the FBI and far away from the heavy hand of this administration.”Trump’s political opponents got what they wished for two days later when the Justice Department announced former FBI Director Robert Mueller would be stepping in as special counsel to investigate Trump. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers who soured on Comey during the Russian probe have defended his firing. The president complained on May 19 that he is the victim of “the greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”Whenever either political party has been wounded by the FBI of late its members have called for a return to impartiality, to nonpartisanship. But the bureau is undeserving of such sentimental longing. Its history of using extrajudicial means to achieve political aims goes back to its founding.The FBI particularly does not take well to critics, as Marcus Garvey found out. In 1919, the founder of the 4-million strong, multinational United Negro Improvement Association, wrote an article in the Negro World criticizing underhanded investigators. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover directed his agents to find cause to deport Garvey as an undesirable alien (hiring their first Black agents to do the job). Finding no grounds for prosecution, the FBI manufactured a mail fraud case against Garvey. He served five years in prison and was deported. This was one of the FBI’s first big political acts, along with rounding up and deporting roughly 6,000 foreign-born radicals, including the Russian anarchist Emma Goldman, during the Red Scare of 1919.The National Lawyers Guild incurred Hoover’s wrath in 1950 when it issued a “Report on the Alleged Practices of the FBI,” among which were warrantless searches and breaches if attorney-client privilege. The report — based on documents released in McCarthy-victim Judith Coplon’s trial — concluded: “On a strictly numerical basis, the FBI may commit more federal crimes than it ever detects.” Documents subsequently released revealed that, over the course of four decades, the bureau used more than 1,000 informants, tapped phones and broke into Guild offices to steal membership lists. The FBI compiled biographies on 125 Guild officers and members, justifying its scrutiny because the Guild “consistently favored measures beneficial to labor,” advocated progressive taxation and supported anti-lynching legislation.In 1961, Hoover directed his agents to gather information on twelve leaders of the Puerto Rican independence movement “concerning their weaknesses, morals, criminal records, spouses, children, family life, education and personal activities,” as part of the Counterintelligence Program known as COINTELPRO. During the 60’s and 70’s, when the movement for independence was strongest, an estimated 75,000 Puerto Ricans were under surveillance.In the 1980’s, participants in a hodgepodge of left-wing political causes — the sanctuary movement, the nuclear freeze movement, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) — were all spied upon by the FBI, as shown by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ross Gelbspan. His 1991 book, Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI detailed how the FBI used a Salvadoran ex-Baptist Minister named Frank Varelli to turn CISPES from a peaceful opponent of U.S. intervention in Central America into “an agent of domestic terrorism.”A decade earlier on the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, there had been 57 violent deaths of Native Americans, none of which were investigated by the FBI. In 1973, the American Indian Movement (AIM) began a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, site of George Custer’s infamous 1890 massacre. The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and state police laid siege to the occupation, resulting in two deaths, 562 arrests and 185 federal indictments. Despite all the FBI’s efforts, few charges resulted in convictions. Rather, so much evidence of government misconduct and witness manipulation came to light that FBI Associate Director Mark Felt came to Rapid City to testify in court to defend his agency against the critics.There is no evidence that the Feds circling the White House are doing anything other than what the FBI has always done — defending the political status quo.Attorney William Kunstler, representing AIM activists Dennis Means and Russell Banks, noticed during the trial a door repeatedly opening and shutting. Kunstler quietly motioned to the judge, walked over to the door and yanked it open. Two FBI agents practically fell into the courtroom. They thoroughly denied they had been listening in. Unbeknownst to AIM at the time, Kerr McGee and Union Carbide had by then discovered uranium in the Black Hills. The 22.5 million acres recognized as Indian territory by the 1868 treaty were ultimately whittled down to less than half that size. It did not serve corporate interests, nor the FBI’s, to have AIM asserting their right to control their own resources.Not content with witness-tampering, after 9-11 the FBI began aggressively recruiting informants to spy on Muslim communities, utilizing coercive tactics like putting them on a “no fly” list unless they agreed to spy. Shahed Hussein, facing criminal charges of his own, successfully entrapped four petty criminals in Newburgh with a fake plot to bomb a Bronx synagogue in 2009. Before that, using a slightly different identity, Hussein was able to convict a pizzeria owner in Albany of material support for terrorism.FBI agent Robert Fuller ran both the Newburgh sting and one in Fort Dix in 2006 in which 5 Albanian brothers were tricked into buying weapons supposedly for an attack on military personnel. They were sentenced to life plus 30 years. Each sting took 13 to 16 months to bear fruit, in the form of chargeable offenses. When one of the five, early in the operation, tried to make a report of the weapons trading to the FBI, the FBI refused to accept the report.James Comey deserves credit for racing to Alberto Gonzales to the bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft in March 2004 to thwart an extension of the NSA’s warrantless domestic eavesdropping. But it was also Comey (under then-FBI Director Robert Mueller) who asserted in May 2002 that the United States could pick up and detain American citizen Jose Padilla in a Navy brig, without access to counsel, hold him for years and interrogate him without articulable suspicion “to see what he knows” of alleged terrorist conspiracies. This was the trial created the designation “enemy combatant” and Padilla was the guinea pig. Asked in an interview if he intended to present the charges to a grand jury as required by the Fifth Amendment, Comey answered no. “I don’t believe that we could use this information in a criminal case,” he explained, “because we deprived him of access to his counsel and questioned him in the absence of counsel. . . We’ll figure out down the road what we do with José Padilla.”Former FBI Director and now Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose as General Counsel to the FBI Valerie Caproni, in August 2003. A report made by the Office of Inspector General Glenn Fine found that between 2003 and 2006, Ms. Caprioni approved the use of so-called exigent letters containing false information to obtain personal phone records for more than 5,500 numbers in 722 locations. Rather than being fired as some in Congress urged, she was appointed a federal judge for the Southern District of New York in September 2013.While Comey was fired for the Russian inquiry (Trump himself has basically admitted as much) and Mueller’s appointment as special counsel certainly puts the president in hot water, viewed through an historical lens these recent developments do not indicate the FBI has somehow become a-political nor that it is on the side of activists opposing Trump. There is no evid
FBI Accepting Applications for Special AgentsAnyone can apply to attend the Diversity Agent Program in Chicago.Posted: May 22, 2017 10:50 AM CDT - The FBI is looking for people interested in participating in a recruitment event in Chicago.Those interested must apply for a opportunity to attend an information session scheduled for July 12th. It's for the Bureau's Diversity Agent Recruitment Program.To apply, go to FBIJobs.gov and click on "Apply for Jobs." Select "Talent Networks" and click on "DAR Chicago Talent Network." Read the job summary instructions and click "Start."
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Go back to Voting Machine Webpage
Why won't the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate electronic vote fraud? Is it because the DOJ and FBI have long been involved in it, themselves?
“If you did it right, no one would ever know,” said Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-2010) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud.
The Cincinnati Bell-FBI scandal: Leonard Gates, a Cincinnati Bell employee for 23 years, testified that in the late 1970's and 80's, the FBI assisted telephone companies with hacking into mainframe election computers in cities across the country. He spoke with agents from both the DOJ (U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman) and FBI (Agent Love), but to his knowledge, neither agency took further action. Leonard Gates 1987Deposition, plus 1985 Background Material from Jim Condit, Jr. //Pandora's Black Box & http://www.votefraud.org/expert_strunk_report.htm (contains case number)
Excerpt from Nov 1996, Pandora's Black Box by Philip M. O’Halloran of Relevance, The Cincinnati Election Wiretapping Scandal:
Lewis and other skeptics of the vote-fixing scenario like to insist that there has never been any evidence of a "conspiracy" to fix elections by computer. But then, most of those we interviewed on both sides of the issue had never heard of the case of Leonard Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio. An employee of the Cincinnati Bell telephone company, Gates was watching a local t.v. news story, in which a Cincinnati man named Jim Condit was charging that the election system was vulnerable to vote fraud in the Hamilton county election process.
He based his charges on his experience as a candidate for city council in 1979, when, after an election night computer crash, Condit and seven other "feisty challengers" had suddenly "fallen to the very bottom of the heap" of 26 candidates. Gates called the station and later contacted Mr. Condit, telling him he knew firsthand how his votes were robbed. They met and shared information and ultimately Gates testified in Condit’s Cincinnatus PAC (political action committee) lawsuit against the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
The suit had earlier been decided against the plaintiffs and Gates took the stand during the appeal. He swore under oath that he was ordered by his Cincinnati Bell superiors to wiretap the election headquarters’ phones lines to provide a link-up between the county’s vote-counting computers and parties unknown on another phone line somewhere in California.
The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October, 30th, 1987:
Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document.
Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud.
Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes. [Emphasis added].
The FBI refused comment and Cincinnati Bell spokesmen vehemently denied the allegations, claiming Gates was a "disgruntled ex-employee", yet, according to Condit, the company ultimately admitted that one of its vans was involved in the wiretapping, although it claimed they were commandeered without the company’s knowledge. The Post continued:
In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire-tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.
Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire-taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.
In the 1979 election, which is the focus of the deposition – Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire-taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.
The wire-taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell’s switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.
In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire-taps.
Bob Lazar Says the FBI Raided Him to Seize Area 51's Alien Fuel. The Truth Is Weirder
New documents obtained by Motherboard show why the FBI raided the Area 51 insider's scientific supply company.
On May 24, 1989, in a live interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on KLAS-Las Vegas, Robert “Bob” Lazar took the first steps toward becoming one of the most influential (and controversial) figures in all of UFO lore.
Concealing his identity and using the pseudonym “Dennis,” Lazar said that deep within an unconfirmed section of Area 51 called “S4,” he’d once worked on recovered extraterrestrial spacecraft for the US government
Digital Original: FBI honors its agents killed in the line of duty
November 13, 2019
The “Melissa Worm” through the eyes of the FBI
A look back at the FBI investigative files on new millenium-era malware
Written by Emily Crose
Edited by Beryl Lipton
The year was 1999. Talk of the Y2K crisis was driving technological discussion throughout the United States, and fears that computers would suddenly stop working when clocks hit midnight of the year 2000 stoked fears of the technology we had all come to rely on so heavily. As companies began to consider what they needed to do to ensure continuity into the new millennium, a less abstract threat began to spread itself across the early Internet. It’s name was “Melissa”.
Materials released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request reveal a level of maturity in its investigation that they don’t consistently demonstrate in investigations of other crimes of similar nature. They also contain some entertaining stories provided by individuals who were investigated in pursuit of this worm, as well as the humanity—not always apparent in other contexts—of the FBI’s investigation.
On an FD-71 form, the FBI’s standard complaint form, dated March 29, 1999 at 6:00 p.m., the FBI described a telephone call from a man (identity withheld) with concerns that his AOL account had been hacked. The man claimed that he had been contacted by two reporters, one from Wired and another from the Seattle Times, who advised him the “Melissa” virus appeared to have originated from his AOL acco
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Panel recalls FBI, AJC roles in case of Richard Jewell, Olympics bombing hero turned suspect
Posted by John Ruch | Nov 13, 2019
One of the darkest moments in Atlanta’s history, the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing, grew darker still when the FBI and major media wrongly fingered heroic security guard Richard Jewell as the bomber. A Nov. 12 panel discussion at the Atlanta History Center about “The Suspect,” a new book telling Jewell’s story, was a historic moment in itself, gathering significant figures from the case onstage and in the audience.
Drawing a crowd of hundreds, the event was partly a preemptive strike on how Atlanta may be portrayed in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming movie about Jewell, partly a lecture on history and Jewell’s life, and partly an emotional reflection on an investigation gone astray while the real bomber escaped to continue his crimes. Jewell died at age 44 in 2007.
THE NYPD KEPT AN ILLEGAL DATABASE OF JUVENILE FINGERPRINTS FOR YEARS
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THE CASE OF RODNEY REED
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EVERYTHING SO FAR HAS FAILED: WHY EXXON MOBIL IS BEING TAKEN TO COURT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE
November 12 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Two Florida Police Agencies Caught on Video Entering Homes without warrant
One cop was wearing a ski mask when he slapped the phone out of the hands of a man recording.
Twice in one week, videos surfaced showing South Florida cops from two different agencies entering homes without search warrants or owner consent in search of suspects who did not live in the homes.
The first video shows a group of Broward County sheriff's deputies entering the home of Johnny Emmanuel while he was at work in search of his 25-year-old son who does not live at the home.
Emmanuel said he received a text message from his home security system on August 19 showing deputies entering his home from a side door that nobody ever uses.
Emmanuel's son is accused of assaulting a cop which is the excuse they will likely use to explain their disregard for the Constitution, as if that makes any difference.
Had it not been for his security video system, Emmanuel would have never known they had entered his home because they never bothered contacting him, much less served him a warrant.
According to the Miami New Times, which obtained the video:
Emmanuel says the cops left no note they'd been there, let alone copies of a search warrant. He says nobody called him to say cops had been there either. If it weren't for the security system, he says, he never would've known BSO deputies had entered his home and snooped around.
"I have two young children," he says. "Thank God they weren't home — they'd be traumatized for life. Someone could have been shot."
As it turns out, video and documents obtained by New Times show BSO had obtained what's known as a capias warrant to look for Emmanuel's 25-year-old son, Eric Reese, who at the time was wanted on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and fleeing arrest. But Reese did not live at Emmanuel's home. And, more important, a capias warrant — essentially an arrest warrant — in most cases does not allow officers to enter a home without the resident's consent. Officers typically need to have "reasonable suspicion" a suspect is inside a residence before they can bust in legally. Emmanuel doesn't believe the cops did.
BSO spokespeople did not immediately respond to a message from New Times yesterday. (After this story was published, the department said that its spokespeople were not in-office Monday in order to observe Veterans Day.) But Emmanuel says he's freaked out — even if the cops had a reasonable right to break into his house (which he doesn't believe they did), he's floored no one ever informed him they'd entered his house.
The second video was posted to Facebook Thursday showing an Opa-Locka police officer wearing a ski mask entering a man's home with his gun pointed. The man recording tells the cop he is not welcome in the home. The cop responds by slapping the phone out of his hands.
According to the Miami Herald:
Cellphone video footage of an Opa-locka police officer inside an apartment during the search for a suspected gunman has landed the cop in potential hot water and caused the police chief to make an unusual announcement.
In a rare press release, Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson released the address of the Facebook link to the video and said the incident is being investigated internally by his department.
Dobson said the officer, who hasn’t been named, was searching last week for a man with a handgun who was suspected of “threatening” and demanding money from people in an apartment complex at 13875 NW 22nd Ave. Someone had called Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and given a description of the suspect, Dobson said.
“The Opa-locka police department can not comment on the exact facts of an active investigation, but it takes any and all allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Dobson said. “Any allegation of police misconduct will be investigated immediately.”
Opa-Locka has long been one of
Police Impersonator who Robbed Couple at Gunpoint had just Resigned from Force
8 Days Left Before Rodney Reed Is Executed for a Murder a Cop likely Committed
INSIDE THE ARCHIVE OF AN LSD RESEARCHER WITH TIES TO THE CIA’S MKULTRA MIND CONTROL PROJECT
Tom O’Neill, Dan Piepenbring
November 24 2019, 7:00
So much for the #Resistance! While all eyes were on impeachment hearing, House re-authorized PATRIOT Act
20 Nov, 2019 03:58 / Updated 15 hours ago
Hundreds of anti police protesters march in Harlem, about 20 reported arrested
By ELIZABETH KEOGH and KERRY BURKE
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NOV 23, 2019 | 12:21 AM
Augusta forum spotlights concerns with imprisoning youth, discusses juvenile justice reform
A 32-member task force is soliciting feedback in its effort to recommend changes, which could include shutting down state's only youth prison, to how Maine treats youthful offenders.
Students were illegally punished for Black Lives Matter posters, ACLU says
NBC Boston reporter says she was fired for failing to disclose her relationship with a police chief
By Shirley Leung Globe Staff,November 22, 2019, 2:18 p.m.
When does who you’re dating become your company’s business?
According to what NBC Boston brass have told staff, journalists can date or marry whomever they want, but if there’s a conflict of interest or potential for one, they should disclose the relationship to a manager.
South Carolina Cop Allegedly had Sex with High School Student in Patrol
WATCH: Cops Abuse Grieving Mother for Not Succumbing to their Unlawful Demands
Anti-cop protesters flood Harlem streets in wake of subway crackdown
By Ben Cohn and Ben Feuerherd
November 23, 2019
Alabama cop who chased, beat and shot black man after stop-and-frisk guilty of manslaughter
'I've been dying for 25 years': How a cop has stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades
Retired cop Leonard Forte said he couldn't be tried for the rape of a 12-year-old because he was dying. That was in 1995. He's still alive and free.
Gus Garcia-Roberts, USA TODAY, Devan Patel, Naples Daily News and Elizabeth Murray, Burlington Free Press
Updated 10:45 p.m. EST Nov. 21, 2019
Houston cop pleads not guilty to deadly drug raid charges
A former Houston police officer has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he provided false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured
No liability for cop in rough arrest of Detroit-area woman
Video shows struggle between motorist and officer
Ohio cop resigns after woman says he frisked her, asked crude questions during ride-along
By Joshua Rhett Miller
November 22, 2019
3 women said a Hialeah cop abused them. Prosecutors never spoke to them — and dropped case.
Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article237577454.html#storylink=cpy
Retired sheriff’s captain, prominent San Diego jeweler among five arrested for gun trafficking scheme
By JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
NOV 23, 2019 | 12:01 PM
New Rikers Island intelligence boss is a former police sergeant from Maine who worked for NYC correction commish’s husband
By STEPHEN REX BROWN
NOV 23, 2019 | 11:00 PM
Together, a Brooksville couple left the world, provoking a debate about death and choice
Carl and Susan Chase, both in their mid-70s, detailed their rationale in a letter. An intense and uncomfortable conversation has followed.
155 lobster traps mark the start of the holiday season for Rockland
Spain's blackmailer cop scandal shakes business elite
24 November 2019
Top Spanish executives have come under scrutiny following a string of leaked recordings as a scandal triggered by a "blackmailer" policeman that has shaken the country's elite seeped into the business world.
Cop must be punished for calling woman ‘total stripper’ on bodycam: lawyer
Amherst cop avoids jail time on charges of illegally obtaining nude photos
Buffalo’s No. 2 cop is moonlighting
Deputy police commissioner holds down part-time job in Blasdell; arrangement rankles some rank-and-file officers
2 Philly cops charged in separate criminal cases
by Robert Moran, Updated: November 21, 2019
Rape, murder and a positive DNA test that the cops sat on for weeks
Two women might be alive today if a rapist and attempted murderer had been arrested earlier.
NYPD cop busted for allegedly trying to strangle wife at Queens home
HBO premieres ‘Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops,’ an exclusive look into SAPD’s unit focused on mental health
Young Black Man Tased by Cops After Jaywalking Thought He Was Going to Die
The man crouched to the ground in a “fetal-like position” when officers pulled out their stun gun
November 24 2019,
In Three Touchstone Speeches, Elizabeth Warren Grounds Her Campaign in a History of American Protest and Movement Building
Elizabeth Warren before announcing her official presidential bid in Lawrence, Mass., the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, on Feb. 9, 2019. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
November 23 2019, 7:00 a.m.
TO LAUNCH HER CAMPAIGN, back in January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a number of locations to choose from. She could have started in Norman, Oklahoma, the setting of her ragged-edge-of-the-middle-class origin story, where her prairie populism could have been brought to the fore. She spent years in Houston, Philadelphia, and Boston, too, all chock full of their own useful imagery for
Meet the Tucson 12: Under Trump, Protesters Are Being Hit With Felony Riot Charges
November 22 2019, 8:00 a.m.
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HOW TO *NOT* SAFEGUARD FAIR ELECTIONS
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‘The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It’ by Malcolm Nance Photo credit: Malcolm Nance and Hachette Books
In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, MSNBC counterterrorism analyst and bestselling author Malcolm Nance talks in detail about how Donald Trump has, in his view, betrayed the nation as an asset in a Russian plot to place a Kremlin-friendly US president in power.
Nance argues that the effort to seduce Trump began as far back as the late 1970s. He explains why Trump began, even then, to develop a worldview that was Russia-centric and how he became beholden to Putin.
According to Nance, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was a key figure and an even more vital link between Trump and Russia than previously thought.
Nance details how Putin made the turn from being a hardcore Communist believer in the old Soviet Union to an even stronger practitioner of fascism and financial manipulation, and how this proved to be the ideal combination for ensnaring Trump.
In this conversation with Jeff Schechtman, Nance talks about what he sees as an emerging international alliance of autocrats of which Trump seeks to be a member — an alliance whose goals are the destruction of NATO, the dissolution of the European Union, and the abandoning of American allies in Syria and the wider Middle East.
In this far-ranging conversation, Nance reveals how Putin’s’ intelligence skills were honed in East Germany and how the Russian leader would have used years of KGB surveillance on Trump to manipulate the US president into an easily recruitable asset.
NOVEMBER 23, 2019 | MILICENT CRANOR
THE PARADOX OF GLOBAL WARMING AND COLDER
If you are shivering in a freezing, snow-blanketed part of the world, global warming might seem like a fine thing to have. But, believe it or not, you can thank global warming for this cold weather.
The summer of 2019 was the hottest on record in the northern hemisphere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And there were other extremes this summer — severe drought in India, rains and record floods in the American Midwest, devastating fires in the American West and in Australia. And now the cold.
It seems as if we’re trading weather with the Arctic. We send up our hot air — and the Arctic sends down its cold air.
But here’s a more scientific explanation: It’s all about the jet stream, a ribbon of fast-moving air that flows west to east over the Northern Hemisphere. NOAA defines it this way: “Jet streams are the major means of transport for weather systems. A jet stream is an area of strong winds ranging from 120–250 mph that can be thousands of miles long, a couple of hundred miles across and a few miles deep… This means most jet streams are about 6–9 miles off the ground.”
But how does it work? And why does it make the summers warmer and the winters colder? Please see the story below for answers.
Recent headlines on climate events should make things difficult for the average global warming/climate change
Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Gets Three Years of Probation
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Profiting off the Presidency
Donald Trump is enriching himself at the taxpayers’ expense, and we got the documents to prove it.
Ryan Shapiro holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a former Research Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Shapiro is an historian of national security, the policing of dissent, and government transparency. Shapiro is widely known as a leading expert on the Freedom of Information Act.
Politico describes Shapiro as “a FOIA guru[.]” MuckRock describes Shapiro as “a FOIA superhero.” The FBI argued in federal court that Shapiro’s MIT dissertation FOIA research methodologies are themselves a threat to national security. Relatedly, Professor and author Will Potter describes Shapiro as “The FBI’s Worst Nightmare.”
RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONPublished 3 days agoLast Update 2 days ago
Horowitz reportedly finds FBI lawyer falsified FISA doc; WaPo stealth-deletes Strzok connection
Family accuses FBI of cover-up after agent kills hostage during rescue operation
Nearly two years later, the family has not heard one single word from the FBI.
Author: Marcelino Benito
Published: 6:04 PM CST November 21, 2019
Updated: 6:05 PM CST November 21, 2019
Justices Consider FBI Agent Liability In No-Fly List Case
Law360, Washington (November 22, 2019, 3:24 PM EST) -- The Supreme Court on Friday took up a case examining whether a group of Muslim men can rely on a law protecting religious freedom to seek damages from individual FBI agents who allegedly put them on the no-fly list in retaliation for refusing to become informants in a terrorism investigation. The high court granted a petition from the federal government to review a Second Circuit ruling that the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act allows plaintiffs to seek money damages from individual federal officials. The court did not explain why it took the case, as is typical. The government argues that when Congress. . .
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Agribusiness seminar planned for Dec. 12 features ex-FBI agent
Nov. 22, 2019
Olympians demand Justice Department release report on FBI ...
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- Olympians demand Justice Department release report on FBI in Nassar case. FBI's handling of the Nassar case has been under investigation .
Rikers guards watched teen inmate try to hang himself for seven minutes before intervening: sources
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, JOHN ANNESE, CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS and
In many states, marriage is still a defense against rape
By Stephanie Ebbert Globe Staff,December 4, 2019, 7:45
Colorado Springs officers who killed De’Von Bailey did not see gun before they shot fleeing teen, transcripts show
The Panthers and the Patriots
The story of how a group of poor whites in Chicago united with the Black Panthers to fight racism and capitalism.
50th Anniversary of Police Murder of Black Panther Activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark
December 4, 2019 by Rights & Dissent
GEORGE BUSH, BARACK OBAMA, AND THE CIA TORTURE COVER-UP
December 4 2019, 6:01 a.m.
William Barr says ‘communities’ that protest cops could lose ‘the police protection they need’
A Push to Repeal the Death Penalty Gains Ground Across the Western United States
Illustration: Karolis Strautniekas for December 3 2019,
Dear Friends, if you have not already done so and wish to join the Dec. 4, 2019 Justice Roundtable Assembly,
RSVP at this link for either in-person or virtual attendance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-roundtable-quarterly-assembly-tickets-80459481475
We have two exciting features scheduled! Please see agenda below. We look forward to your in-person or virtual attendance. Warmly, Nkechi Taifa
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:30-12:30True Reformer Building, 1200 U St. NW Wash, DC 20009
JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE QUARTERLY ASSEMBLY AGENDA
Jackie Craig-Bey, Case Mgr. Freddi’s House; Assoc. Producer, Crossroads Radio Show hosted by Roach Brown. Released from prison after serving 15 years.
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project. Co-Author, The Meaning of Life; Race to Incarcerate, and more.
Stanley Mitchell, Owner of transportation business. Released from prison after 38 years under Maryland Unger decision.
Jose Saldana, Director of RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison). Released from prison in 2018, after 38 years and four Parole Board denials.
Charlie Sullivan, Executive Director, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE National).
FEATURE II: “BLUE” – Discussion about upcoming opera - A family struggles when their teenage son is shot by the police. https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OUOSG
Discussants: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Tim O’Leary, General Director Washington National Opera and Jennifer Bowman, Director of Music Education
V Justice Roundtable Working Group Reports: State Issues, Directly Impacted, Youth Justice, Commutations, Human Rights, Racial Justice, Sentencing, Law Enforcement, Prison Reform, Drug Policy, Reentry, Faith, Pretrial, Crimmigration, Commutations
VI Announcements: Next Justice Roundtable Quarterly Assembly, March 6, 2020.
The Imperial Oil Files: New Collection Adds to Climate and Energy Research Archives On Science and Denial
New Documents Reveal Exxon-owned Canadian Oil Giant's Shifting Climate Change PR
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By Sharon Kelly • Monday, December 2, 2019 - 21:05
Only 4.6% of FBI special agents are African-American
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25 Baltimore corrections officers charged with excessive force, intimidation
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
The Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry has provided this update of the status of its legal initiatives, which participants in tonight's teleconference might want to read before the call.
PUBLIC UPDATE FROM THE LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR 9/11 INQUIRY, INC.
The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc. (Lawyers’ Committee), is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote transparency and accountability regarding 9/11. The Lawyers’ Committee is committed to uncovering, and ensuring that the public is fully informed of, the full truth of the events surrounding the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. The Lawyers’ Committee’s primary methodology is to apply the law to the many years of research, investigation, and analysis by scientists, engineers, architects, and investigators and use legal options including federal court litigation to bring the full truth regarding 9/11 to light and to ensure that the victims (direct and indirect) of 9/11 receive substantial justice.
Although the prior work of independent researchers, investigators and scientists has gone a long way towards discovering and informing the public as to the truth of what occurred on 9/11, many key facts have yet to be disclosed or acknowledged. Because, as the evidence developed to date indicates, criminal activity and corruption are involved, and because some or all of the federal agencies involved (and private parties) involved have not been forthcoming with the public regarding all the information they possess regarding this tragedy, the use of Freedom of Information Act litigation and the subpoena and discovery powers that accompany other federal civil litigation options is critical to achieving transparency and accountability regarding 9/11. Under the circumstances, key information necessary to a full understanding of what occurred on 9/11 can only be obtained via legal compulsion.
The Lawyers’ Committee, in furtherance of its mission, is in the process of conducting multiple federal lawsuits and several independent investigations into various aspects of the events surrounding 9/11. An update on the status of these efforts is provided below.
Lawyers’ Committee’s Federal Lawsuit Against the FBI for Disclosure of 9/11 Evidence
Considerable public pressure from family members of the victims eventually caused the Congress via legislation signed by the President in November 2002 to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (commonly known as the “9/11 Commission”). The 9/11 Commission was tasked to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks. However, the 9/11Commission suffered from several publicly acknowledged limitations. Commission Co-Chair Hamilton stated that there were all kinds of reasons that he and others on the Commission thought they were set up to fail. Ultimately, the 9/11 Commission produced a voluminous report which addressed some, but not all, of the then-available evidence relating to the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission’s 2004 report left many of the key questions of the 9/11 victims’ family members (again) unanswered. The members of the 9/11 Commission themselves acknowledged that additional evidence relating to the attacks would likely be brought forward after their report was issued. Over the ten years that followed, significant additional evidence regarding the 9/11attacks was in fact publicly reported.
The FBI 9/11 Review Commission was established some ten years later in January 2014 pursuant to a congressional mandate. The Review Commission was tasked specifically by Congress to produce, among several other independent assessments, “3) An assessment of any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” The enabling legislation also required the FBI Director to report to the Congressional committees of jurisdiction on the findings and recommendations resulting from this review.
The Lawyers’ Committee’s active lawsuit against the FBI before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (case # 1:19-cv-00824) is designed to obtain a federal court order to force the FBI to assess and disclose to Congress, as mandated by Congress, all 9/11 evidence not considered by the original 9/11Commission, including: 1) evidence of the use of pre-planted explosives and incendiaries at the World Trade Center (WTC) on 9/11; 2) evidence regarding the arrest and later release of several individuals who were observed celebrating the attacks at the WTC early on 9/11 (referred to in FBI reports as the “High-Fivers”); 3) evidence of Saudi and other financing of terrorism and assistance to the alleged 9/11 hijackers; 4) video evidence regarding the Pentagon attack on 9/11; 5) evidence regarding aircraft wreckage and parts recovered at the Pentagon, Shanksville, and WTC; and 6) evidence regarding phone calls reportedly made on 9/11 from hijacked aircraft. The 2014-2015 9/11 Review Commission failed to assess any of the above referenced categories of significant 9/11 evidence.
This federal lawsuit has the potential for the Lawyers’ Committee to obtain and use court authorized discovery powers including subpoena power to obtain key evidence and testimony in the process of obtaining the requested court order to ensure that all this 9/11 evidence is provided to Congress and made public, as Congress intended. The Lawyers’ Committee has filed a federal Complaint to initiate this case in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the government was served with summons and the complaint. The FBI has filed a motion to dismiss the case on legal procedural grounds challenging the Lawyers’ Committee’s and the other Plaintiffs’ standing and as well as the enforceability of the mandate from Congress at issue. The Lawyers’ Committee has filed its Memorandum in opposition to the government’s motion and a decision from the District Court could be forthcoming at any time. If the plaintiffs survive the government’s procedural motion, then the parties will brief the merits of the Lawyers’ Committee’s allegations regarding the FBI’s failure to honor this mandate from Congress and the court will decide whether the FBI and DOJ will be ordered to take appropriate actions to assess and report to Congress all of these key categories of 9/11 evidence.
Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition to the U.S. Attorney for Submission to Special Grand Jury and Follow-Up Federal Mandamus Lawsuit
The Lawyers’ Committee made a public commitment to petition the U.S. Attorney to present 9/11 evidence regarding WTC demolition to a special grand jury. Pursuant to that commitment. On April 10, 2018, the Lawyers’ Committee filed a fifty-plus page original Petition with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The Petition was accompanied by fifty-seven exhibits containing extensive scientific and eyewitness evidence confirming that explosives were used to destroy three WTC buildings (WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7) on 9/11. That evidence included independent scientific laboratory analysis of WTC dust samples showing the presence of high-tech explosives and/or incendiaries; numerous first-hand reports by First Responders of explosions at the WTC on 9/11; expert analysis of seismic evidence that explosions occurred at the WTC towers on 9/11 prior to the airplane impacts and prior to the building collapses; and expert analysis by architects, engineers, and scientists concluding that the rapid onset symmetrical near-free-fall acceleration collapse of three WTC high rise buildings on 9/11 exhibited the key characteristics of controlled demolition.
In the months that followed the Lawyers’ Committee also filed with the U.S. Attorney an amended petition on July 30, 2018, adding several 9/11 related federal crimes, and supplements to the amended petition (including related to persons who may have material information regarding the crimes reported) which, like the original petition, focused on the issue of the (heretofore uninvestigated or prosecuted) use of explosives at the WTC on 9/11. The U.S. Attorney, replied to the Lawyers’ Committee in a letter dated November 7, 2018 stating: “We have received and reviewed The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Inc.’s submissions of April 10 and July 30, 2018. We will comply with the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3332 as they relate to your submissions.”
The Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition requests that the U.S. Attorney present this evidence to a Federal Special Grand Jury pursuant to a statutory duty, and the U.S. Attorney has replied to the Lawyers’ Committee via a letter that he intends to comply. The grand jury/DOJ petition supplements filed include information regarding those individuals and entities that may have material information regarding these crimes of 9/11, including those who know of, or were involved in, funding and assisting any of the alleged hijackers or other perpetrators and planners of the crimes of 9/11. The Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition to the DOJ to submit 9/11 evidence to a federal Special Grand Jury is intended to facilitate a grand jury using its own subpoena power to get to the bottom of what happened on 9/11, and determine who perpetrated the crimes of 9/11 and who financed and otherwise assisted the commission of those crimes.
Attorneys from the Lawyers’ Committee had a telephone conversation with one of the Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) who signed the U.S. Attorney’s letter to the Lawyers’ Committee, asking if the U.S. Attorney could disclose to the Lawyers’ Committee the status of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition and whether the Lawyers’ Committee’s evidence had in fact been submitted to the Special Grand Jury. The AUSA stated that he could not share this information with the Lawyers’ Committee. The Lawyers’ Committee’s attorneys advised that they were hoping to avoid the need for filing a federal mandamus lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney regarding their Petition asked if there was any information the AUSA could share with the Lawyers’ Committee regarding the status of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition or grand jury process that would prevent the Lawyers’ Committee having to file such a mandamus action. The AUSA stated he could not disclose any such information. As a result, concluding there was no other option to confirm that the Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition and evidence had been submitted to the Special Grand Jury (and that the U.S. Attorney had in fact complied with the law), the Lawyers’ Committee filed a federal mandamus Complaint and Motion for Disclosure of grand jury records in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Federal law, 28 U.S.C. § 1361, provides for a suit to compel a federal official to perform a mandatory (not discretionary) duty, and Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows for motions seeking to have a court disclose some or all of a grand jury proceeding for good cause. If the court denies the Lawyers’ Committee’s motion for disclosure, or grants the motion and the disclosure shows that the U.S. Attorney has not presented the Lawyers’ Committee’s Amended Petition and evidence to the Special Grand Jury, then the Lawyers’ Committee would proceed via the mandamus petition to seek an order requiring the U.S. Attorney to comply with 18 U.S.C. § 3332 and submit the Lawyers’ Committee’s Amended Petition and evidence, as supplemented, to the Special Grand Jury.
The summons and Complaint in this case (case # 1:19-cv-08312) are due to be served on the U.S. Attorney, US Attorney General, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) by December 5, 2019 and will be served as soon as possible prior to that date. Once the service of process is completed, the government will have 60 days to file their answer to the allegations in the Complaint and both sides are likely to file motions with the court thereafter to brief the court regarding the merits of the Lawyers’ Committee’s legal claims. A decision could come from the court as early as Spring of next year.
Lawyers’ Committee’s Freedom of Information Act Campaign
The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows for lawsuits to compel federal agencies to produce records improperly withheld from citizens who request such records. The FOIA is an additional important tool in promoting transparency regarding 9/11. In order for the victims of 9/11 to prevail in federal litigation regarding the crimes of 9/11, they need to obtain access to as many of the government’s records, including FBI and CIA records, regarding the events of 9/11, and regarding potential perpetrators and aiders and abettors, as possible. The public and the Congress also need to see, and are entitled to see, these same records so that appropriate actions may be taken to prevent a recurrence of such horrible crimes. Only when such crimes, and all of the perpetrators of them, are fully understood, can such tragic history be prevented from repeating itself, and justice be achieved. Towards this end, the Lawyers’ Committee is pursuing multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, administrative appeals, and FOIA requests.
The Lawyers’ Committee has thus far filed three federal court lawsuits active before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the FOIA to obtain federal agency (NIST and FEMA) records related to the demolition of WTC buildings on 9/11. These on-going lawsuits focus on obtaining all raw data collected during the FEMA Building Performance Study (case # 1:15-cv-01991), obtaining NIST records of interviews done with first responders during 2003-2004 (case # 1:19-cv-01070), and obtaining WTC7 data about Column 79 measurements (column 79 is where NIST claims the collapse of building 7 initiated) (case # 1:19-cv-01182). The Lawyers’ Committee also is actively pursuing an appeal in a New Jersey (NJ) Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit in the NJ courts which is aimed at obtaining records including photographs related to the arrest on 9/11of individuals the FBI refers to as the “High-Fivers.” In addition, the Lawyers’ Committee has played a key role in supporting Attorney David Meiswinkle (in his private capacity) in pursuing 9/11 records regarding the Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Attorney Meiswinkle’s records request and subsequent appeal led to a mediation which then led to two site visits by Attorney Meiswinkle, the Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director, and Litigation Director Mick Harrison to the Coroner’s Office near Shanksville where voluminous 9/11 records were maintained. As a result, the Lawyers’ Committee obtained many heretofore unavailable 9/11 records related to the Shanksville incident and Flight 93 victims.
The Lawyers’ Committee has plans for a more comprehensive FOIA campaign to obtain government agency records related to all key areas of the Lawyers’ Committee’s 9/11 investigation Including funding and assistance to alleged hijackers or other perpetrators or planners of the crimes of 9/11, the incident at the Pentagon, the incident at Shanksville, and potential FBI and other agency 9/11 related misconduct. The Lawyers’ Committee, if available resources allow, will file several more FOIA lawsuits regarding government records in each of these areas of 9/11 investigation that have been withheld by various agencies, including the FBI, DOD, and national security and intelligence agencies.
Lawyers’ Committee’s Multi-focused 9/11 Investigations and New Grand Jury Petitions
In addition to our on-going inquiry into what happened at the WTC on 9/11, the Lawyers’ Committee is initiating, within the limitations of available resources, investigations, including field investigations and witness interviews, regarding several major aspects of 911 including the Pentagon, Shanksville, and potential government misconduct and obstruction of justice. These new Lawyers’ Committee investigations will include an effort to develop and preserve witness testimony, including by depositions and voluntary affidavits, and to obtain and preserve physical evidence related to key aspects of 9/11. The public will be invited to contribute to these new investigations. Once complete, depending on the results from these new investigations, the Lawyers’ Committee anticipates that additional petitions may be submitted to one or more U.S. Attorneys for further evidence submissions to special grand juries related to Shanksville, the Pentagon, and government misconduct/obstruction of justice.
Other Potential Investigations and Legal Actions by the Lawyers’ Committee
The Lawyers’ Committee is also evaluating the feasibility of the Lawyers’ Committee preparing and submitting petitions and testimony to relevant committees and subcommittees of Congress in support of a formal investigative and oversight effort by Congress on key 9/11 issues. Congress has authority to conduct oversight of the FBI and other federal agencies as well as the power to subpoena FBI, CIA, and other agency 9/11 related records and testimony from key government officials. The other legal actions and investigations by the Lawyers’ Committee described above are designed to produce both sufficient information to inform such investigative efforts by Congress and to motivate such investigative efforts by Congress. By implementing legal strategies focused on all three branches of the government, the Lawyers’ Committee intends to create a synergy that allows each action to strengthen and facilitate the others.
Although no one of these legal and investigative actions may, standing alone, bring out the full truth of 9/11 and achieve complete justice for the families and accountability on behalf of the public, use of all the above legal actions and investigations together maximizes the potential for achieving these worthy goals.
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By Tim Weiner
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A Central Intelligence Agency anti-drug program in Venezuela shipped a ton of nearly pure cocaine to the United States in 1990, Government officials said today.
No criminal charges have been brought in the matter, which the officials said appeared to have been a serious accident rather than an intentional conspiracy. But officials say the cocaine wound up being sold on the streets in the United States.
One C.I.A. officer has resigned, a second has been disciplined and a Federal grand jury in Miami is investigating.
The agency, made aware of a "60 Minutes" investigation of the matter scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, issued a statement today calling the affair "a most regrettable incident" involving "instances of poor judgment and management on the part of several C.I.A. officers."
The case involves the same program under which the agency created a Haitian intelligence service whose officers became involved in drug trafficking and acts of political terror. Its exposure comes amid growing Congressional skepticism about the role of the C.I.A. in the war on drugs.
In the mid-1980's, under orders from President Ronald Reagan, the agency began to set up anti-drug programs in the major cocaine-producing and trafficking capitals of Central and South America. In Venezuela it worked with the country's National Guard, a paramilitary force that controls the highways and borders.
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Government officials said that the joint C.I.A.-Venezuelan force was headed by Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, and that the ranking C.I.A. officer was Mark McFarlin, who had worked with anti-guerrilla forces in El Salvador in the 1980's. The mission was to infiltrate the Colombian gangs that ship cocaine to the United States.
In December 1989, officials of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency said, Mr. McFarlin and the C.I.A. chief of station in Venezuela, Jim Campbell, met with the drug agency's attache in Venezuela, Annabelle Grimm, to discuss a proposal to allow hundreds of pounds of cocaine to be shipped to the United States through Venezuela in an operation intended to win the confidence of the Colombian traffickers.
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The drug agency refused to take part in the operation and said it should be called off. In a transcript of the "60 Minutes" broadcast supplied to The New York Times, Ms. Grimm said Mr. McFarlin of the C.I.A. and General Guillen had gone ahead anyway.
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In a scathing piece about Russiagate, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern recently recalled a statement made in 1981 by then-CIA Director William Casey during the first meeting of President Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet. Casey told this gathering, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” 
It’s a shocking statement that might be useful to keep in mind as events further unfold over the next few months. Casey, of course, would have had no way of knowing in 1981 just how far his “disinformation program” would extend.
The Rise of Russiagate
Ray McGovern once again effectively demolishes (as he has several times over the past three years) the flimsy props holding up Russiagate, especially the “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) prepared in January 2017 by “handpicked analysts” from the FBI, CIA and NSA (not 17 intelligence agencies, as first claimed by National Intelligence Director James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan).
McGovern writes: “As for the ‘Intelligence Community Assessment,’ the banner headline atop The New York Times on Jan. 7, 2017 set the tone for the next couple of years: ‘Putin Led Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Says.’ During my career as a CIA analyst, as deputy national intelligence officer chairing National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs), and working on the Intelligence Production Review Board, I had not seen so shabby a piece of faux analysis as the ICA. The writers themselves seemed to be holding their noses. They saw fit to embed in the ICA itself this derriere-covering note: ‘High confidence in a judgment does not imply that the assessment is a fact or a certainty; such judgments might be wrong’.” 
But that “derriere-covering note” didn’t stop the mainstream media from inflating Russiagate over the next three years into a self-sustaining industry that survived the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller (which found no Trump-Russia collusion), and will likely survive the recent release of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowtiz’s report on the FBI 2016 spying.
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Trump tweets predicting Obama would start a war with Iran to get reelected are coming back to haunt him
Top Experts’ Backgrounder: Military Action Against Iran and US Domestic Law
by Brian Egan and Tess Bridgeman
January 3, 2020
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on June 21, 2019. Designed as a expert analysis of the very kinds of questions raised by the U.S. military operation killing Iran’s Qassem Soleimani, we are republishing it today.)
What follows is a basic Q&A on the circumstances under which U.S. military operations against Iran would be lawful under U.S. law. The objective is to provide journalists, lawmakers, and other members of the public a legal framework for this important issue. Our analysis is not specific to any particular scenario — such as Iranian forces’ or so-called Iranian proxies’ attacks on commercial ships, U.S. drones, U.S. military vessels, or U.S. personnel — but rather addresses broader questions about the circumstances under which the president has the authority to initiate U.S. military operations against Iran, whether Congress has already authorized the use of force against Iran, how the War Powers Resolution fits into the picture, and what Congress can do if it disagrees with the president’s course of action.
1. Does the president need authorization from Congress to use U.S. military force against Iran?
The president derives authority to use military force overseas from two sources: the Constitution and congressional authorization. At this point, we do not believe that there is any existing congressional authorization to use force against Iran (see Q2 below). In the absence of congressional authorization, the president could only use force against Iran by relying on his authority over foreign relations and as commander-in-chief under Article II of the Constitution.
There is considerable debate on the scope of the president’s authority to use military force in the absence of congressional authorization. The executive branch, through consistent historical practice in Republican and Democratic administrations, and as reflected in a series of opinions by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), has taken a relatively broad view of the president’s Article II authority to initiate the use of force, arguing that it has the ability to do so when: (1) there is an important “national interest” in doing so (Curtis Bradley and Jack Goldsmith have explained that this has become a very expansive concept in modern practice; Marty Lederman has suggested the concept should be understood as limited to significant national interests that have historically supported such unilateral actions in the past); and (2) the use of force does not constitute “war” in the constitutional sense.
The latter limitation is because Article I of the Constitution delegates the power to “declare war” to Congress. The executive branch has argued, in essence, that if the expected “nature, scope, and duration” of the military engagement falls below the threshold of “war,” the president may use force without congressional authorization. In the OLC’s view, “military operations will likely rise to the level of a war only when characterized by ‘prolonged and substantial military engagements, typically involving exposure of U.S. military personnel to significant risk over a substantial period.’” The OLC opined most recently that the limited strikes against Syria by the United States in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons did not cross this threshold. Prior OLC opinions reached a similar conclusion with respect to U.S. military strikes in Libya in 2011, and U.S. military activities in Haiti in the 1990s, among others.
In the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (WPR), Congress imposed important limitations on the president’s ability to conduct military operations in the absence of explicit congressional authorization. Indeed, Congress does not necessarily view its own authority so narrowly or the president’s so expansively as described in the OLC opinions noted above. The WPR explicitly states the view of Congress that the president’s constitutional authority to introduce U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities, or situations where involvement in hostilities is imminent, may be exercised “only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” Moreover, as explained below, the WPR requires the relevant military operations (“hostilities”) to be terminated after a defined period of time unless they have been authorized by Congress.
The framers of the Constitution gave the authority to declare war to Congress, as well as the authority to raise and support armies, provide and maintain a Navy, provide for the common defense, regulate detention and seizure of vessels in war, and a host of other powers related to war and foreign affairs, in part to prevent the United States from being drawn into conflict for unpopular purposes or without debate and consideration by the representatives of the people. The Constitution’s design anticipates that Congress would be less inclined to go to war than the executive branch — this is a feature, not a bug. (Of note, it has long been understood that even though Congress has the lion’s share of authority in war-making, the president does have at least some concurrent if not exclusive authority in regard to the conduct of hostilities and to use force to repel a sudden attack on the United States.)
What’s more, even in the OLC’s view, the threshold for “war” in the constitutional sense is more easily met when the use of force at issue is against against another nation state (rather than in its territory but with its consent) where there is a high likelihood of escalation. Although Iran is not a nuclear power, which would necessarily affect that calculus, its capacity as a nation-state with a strong military, including its cyber and ballistic missile capabilities, are relevant factors in this analysis, as is the extent of U.S. exposure given its significant footprint in the region where Iranian military forces (and their proxies) are present and active. The scope of U.S. objectives for the use of force will also affect the analysis, especially if those objectives are likely to require sustained operations or engender use of force in response by Iran. Those factors may distinguish this case from the U.S. strikes against Syria, for example.
Finally, another important limitation is that the president’s use of force — whether based on congressional authorization or not — must comply with international law. The president is charged in Article II of the Constitution to “take care” that the laws are faithfully executed. This includes our international legal obligations, including the U.N. Charter, which prohibits the threat or use of force except in certain limited circumstances, such as self-defense. Also, under international law, even if the United States acts in self-defense, the U.S. response must be necessary and proportionate.
2. Does the president have authorization from Congress to strike Iran? Specifically, would the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) authorize a strike against Iran?
There is no existing congressional authorization for the use of force against Iran. While some in the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have made arguments attempting to link Iran and al-Qaeda — in what may be an effort to lay the groundwork for invoking the 2001 AUMF, which was passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, as authorization to use force against Iran — that argument is thoroughly unconvincing.
The 2001 AUMF authorizes the president to use:
“necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
This has long been understood to refer to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who harbored al-Qaeda in Afghanistan at the time of the 9/11 attacks, and also has been interpreted by all three branches of government to apply to “associated forces” of those two armed groups based on the principle of co-belligerency in armed conflict.
As we have previously written: “The 2001 AUMF does not authorize the use of force against Iran. Iran was not implicated in the 9/11 attacks, Iranian forces are not al Qaeda or the Taliban, or their associated forces, nor are they a ‘successor’ to any of those forces.”
Many have suggested that Pompeo and other officials may be laying the groundwork for an argument that the 2001 AUMF authorizes military operations against Iran because Iran is “harboring” some members of al-Qaeda. As a factual matter, we are not aware of any credible information that Iran is “harboring” al-Qaeda as a group, or allowing al-Qaeda to plot attacks from Iran. As a legal matter, the AUMF has never been construed to authorize military attacks against a foreign nation based on the fact that some al Qaeda members may be located in or transit that country, even if that is the case with Iran. In addition, the AUMF’s use of the past tense — “harbored” — suggests that it was intended to refer to those who were responsible for providing safe haven for, and otherwise assisting, those who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In the 20 years since the 9/11 attacks, there has not been any suggestion that the 2001 AUMF could be interpreted to authorize force against a present-day “harborer.” (Again, there is no known evidence to suggest that is what Iran is doing with al-Qaeda.)
The 2001 AUMF authorizes force only if it is consistent with international law, as the Supreme Court explained in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld. Even if the 2001 AUMF were somehow thought to apply to Iran — which it does not — the executive branch would be able to use force against Iran only if necessary and proportionate to the specific threat from al-Qaeda.
In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on June 19, Rep. Deutch (D-Fl.) asked State Department Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, whether he believes “the administration could launch an attack against Iran under the 2001 AUMF?” His response, “this is something which the office of the Legal Adviser can give you an opinion on, if you’d like to submit it,” provides an appropriate next step for Congress to engage with the administration on this issue.
Finally, it bears noting that there is no viable argument that another AUMF still on the books — the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002” (2002 AUMF) — authorizes force against Iran. It allows the president to use force that is “necessary and appropriate” to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq;” and “enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions against Iraq.” Those are plainly not relevant to the situation with Iran today.
3. What steps can Congress take if it disagrees with the president’s decision to use military force? More specifically, what steps can Congress take in advance to prevent actions by the president? And, what steps would Congress be able to take after the president uses force against Iran if lawmakers are opposed?
Congress has a number of tools at its disposal to constrain the president’s ability to use force unilaterally. Even in the OLC’s view, the president’s ability to use force without congressional authority can be checked if Congress decides to impose restrictions. While past attorneys general and the OLC have determined the president has the power to use military force abroad to protect important national interests and below the threshold of “war” in the constitutional sense, as discussed above, “[t]his independent authority of the President … exists at least insofar as Congress h
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The death penalty in the United States is in decline. It is less used, less popular and just as unnecessary as ever, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks death penalty numbers. This should represent a way station toward the punishment’s eventual elimination — not a temporary low in its application.
For the fifth year in a row, fewer than 30 people were executed and fewer than 50 people were sentenced to death. Half of states representing half the population no longer execute people. With the New Hampshire legislature’s abolition of capital punishment last year, the punishment has been banned across New England and in all Northeastern states save Pennsylvania, where the governor has imposed a moratorium.
Seven states executed 22 inmates last year, and Texas was responsible for nearly half. The state is also responsible for a large share of new death sentences. No one was executed west of Texas. Juries in California, the state with the largest death-row population, handed down three new death sentences in 2019. But California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a moratorium and ordered San Quentin State Prison’s execution chamber dismantled. Otherwise, new death sentences mostly came in the South, particularly in Florida.
Death sentences are down some 90 percent from their mid-1990s peak. Executions are down some 77 percent from the late 1990s.
Even so, the death penalty survives, as does the horrifying possibility that the government might kill an innocent person. Two more death-row inmates were exonerated in 2019. That makes 166 exonerees since 1973.
As always, those executed are not necessarily the worst of the worst but the least capable of defending themselves. The center found that “at least 19 of the 22 prisoners who were executed this year had one or more of the following impairments: significant evidence of mental illness; evidence of brain injury, developmental brain damage, or an IQ in the intellectually disabled range; or chronic serious childhood trauma, neglect, and/or abuse.”
It is little wonder — and heartening — that public opinion is evolving. Sixty percent of Americans said in a 2019 Gallup poll that life without the possibility of parole is a better penalty for murder than death. That was the first time Gallup reported a majority holding that position. The Trump Justice Department, however, failed to get the memo, pushing suddenly and unexpectedly last year to execute federal inmates for the first time in 16 years.
The death penalty is expensive, unfairly implemented and unworthy of a justice system that strives for equal application of the law. Yet even if it could be applied fairly, state-sponsored killing would be unworthy of a nation founded on the principle of individual dignity.
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El Paso FBI Agent Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violations
U.S. Attorney’s Office
August 24, 2010
Western District of Texas (210) 384-7100
United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in El Paso this morning, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Shipley was sentenced to two years in federal prison for violating federal firearms laws.
Senior United States District Judge David Briones also ordered that Shipley be placed under supervised release for a period of three years and complete 250 hours of community service after completing his prison term. Judge Briones also ordered that Shipley forfeit 17 firearms including two .50 caliber Barrett rifles; ammunition in various calibers including over 2,800 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition; one silencer; and, $7,340 in cash seized during the execution of a federal search warrant at Shipley’s residence on May 6, 2008.
“Federal agents are not exempt from the laws which they swore to uphold,” stated United States Attorney John E. Murphy. “Mr. Shipley is being held accountable for his own criminal actions. They are in no way a reflection of the outstanding work being accomplished by dedicated federal, state and local law enforcement across this District and this country.”
This investigation—conducted by agents from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General together with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—commenced with a firearms trace of a .50 caliber sniper rifle sold by Shipley. That rifle was recovered by Mexican authorities following a gunbattle between suspected narcotraffickers and the Mexican military near Chihuahua, Mexico, on March 8, 2008.
“By illegally dealing in firearms, Shipley violated the trust that the public placed in him as a law enforcement official,” said Wayne D. Beaman, Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Field Office, Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. “The Office of the Inspector General is committed to vigorously investigating and referring for prosecution any Department of Justice law enforcement official who engages in this type of illegal conduct.”
“This investigation shows ATF's commitment into stopping the illegal trafficking of firearms that are fueling the cartel violence south of the border. Along with our associates on both sides of the border, ATF will leave no stone unturned in achieving this goal,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion, Dallas Field Division.
On April 14, 2010, a federal jury convicted Shipley of one count of dealing firearms without a license, four counts of causing a firearms dealer to maintain false records and one count of making a false statement to federal authorities. Jurors found that Shipley engaged in the business of dealing in firearms from January 2005 until May 2008, while not being licensed as a federal firearms dealer. Evidence presented during trial revealed that Shipley posted firearms for sale using an Internet website more than 200 times, including multiple postings for many firearms. During that three-and-a-half-year time period, Shipley also purchased at least 54 firearms, then sold at least 51 of those firearms for more than $118,000.
Jurors also found that on four occasions between July 2007 and May 2008, Shipley provided false information on ATF forms 4473 when purchasing firearms at local gun shops stating that he was the actual buyer, when in fact, he was not.
Finally, jurors found that on March 21, 2008, Shipley provided to federal authorities a document—a Dealers’ Firearms Record Book—which Shipley claimed was his only complete and accurate listing of the firearms he bought and sold, knowing that he had another Dealers’ Firearms Record Book which contained a more extensive descriptive and accurate list of firearms he bought and sold.
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Ortiz was fired after an internal personnel review.
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